6th August 2007




What do E.T., Indiana Jones, Jurassic Park and Schindler’s List all have in common? They were directed by the world-famous Steven Spielberg who has a special international conference dedicated to his work taking place at the University of Lincoln.


Fans and critics of the director are invited to submit papers about his work which will be presented at the University of Lincoln’s Spielberg at Sixty, International Conference, which will take place from 20 - 21 November 2007.


During the last year, three new books have been written about Spielberg’s work: Directed by Steven Spielberg: Poetics of the Contemporary Hollywood Blockbuster by Warren Buckland, Citizen Spielberg by Lester D. Friedman and The Cinema of Spielberg: Empire of Light by Nigel Morris.


These three authors have combined forces to convene an international conference aimed at bringing together scholars to debate the significance of Spielberg’s work.

"Remarkably, this appears to be the first conference of its kind," said Nigel Morris, Principal Lecturer in Media Production at the University of Lincoln.


"Despite Spielberg's phenomenal commercial success and his centrality in the modern cultural landscape, there is still a tendency to dismiss him as a feel-good sentimentalist or just a children's director or to set him up as a hate figure who embodies everything that's wrong with America.


“We're looking forward to a grown-up debate about all of this. We're going to take a long, hard look at Spielberg's work from various angles and try to establish how the films work and why they might be important."


Proposals of papers should be in the form of 250-300 word abstracts, written in English, for 20-minute presentations at the conference. Longer panels will also be considered. A selection of the papers from the conference will be published in a special issue of The New Review of Film and Television Studies.


For further information, to submit a paper or to book a place on the conference please visit www.lincoln.ac.uk/conferences


For more information contact:

Sophie Gayler Communications Officer (Press and Media)

(01522) 886042 sgayler@lincoln.ac.uk

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